ESP Biography

DANIEL LITT, Mathematician

Major: Mathematics

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a graduate student in mathematics at Stanford.

Past Classes

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M3143: The Music of the Spheres in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02 - 03, 2013)
Why does the sun orbit the earth in a perfect circle? How do we know that the universe is shaped like a luggage trunk, with the rectangular earth resting askew at its base? Why are there exactly six planets? And how can we hear the ethereal hum of the great crystal spheres on which the planets agglomerate? We'll discover the sublime and hilarious history of cosmology, from Pythagorus to Kepler (600BC-1600AD, approximately), and learn some of the beautiful mathematics underlying their insane theories of the universe. We'll also talk a bit about the personalities and aesthetics which motivated science before the scientific revolution. This will be a weird and dangerous mix of history, math, and philosophy.

M1128: How do we know stuff? in Splash! Fall 2010 (Nov. 13 - 14, 2010)
What does it mean to *know* something? How do we achieve knowledge?